Thurber contenders announced

Ralph Baxter
News - Prizes 14 Aug 2009

Sloane Crosley's I Was Told There'd Be Cake , published by Portobello in the UK, is on the shortlist for US humour book award, the Thurber Prize, announced yesterday in the US.

The prize, which is presented at the Algonquin Hotel in New York, once home to the celebrated humorist James Thurber, on 5 October, has a respected track record, with previous winners including David Sedaris, Jon Stewart, The Onion and Larry Doyle, former writer/producer of The Simpsons. Crosley's collection of humorous essays joins three other US titles on the shortlist: Ian Frazier, for Lamentations of the Father (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), Don Lee, for Wrack and Ruin (W.W. Norton), and Laurie Notaro, for The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germaphobia, and Laser Hair Removal (Villard).

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